BG man accused of $225,000 in journey trailer theft

Rick Bannan / rick@thereflector.com

A Battle Floor man faces fees of housebreaking and theft after he allegedly stole three journey trailers from a storage facility in Walnut Grove final month.

On Aug. 24, Matthew Scott, 39, made his first look in Clark County Superior Court docket on three fees of first-degree theft and three fees of second-degree housebreaking. His bond was set at $7,500 and he’s scheduled for an arraignment listening to on Sept. 7.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Workplace first realized of the theft on Aug. 15. The sufferer had been away from the property the theft occurred at within the 7300 block of Northeast forty third Avenue in Vancouver since Aug. 11, leaving a four-day timeframe for the theft to happen, in response to a possible trigger affidavit.

An nameless tipster mentioned Scott and one other individual rented U-Haul autos and had stolen trailers, the affidavit acknowledged. The tipster mentioned they heard one of many trailers was at Scott’s home and one other was at a home in Amboy.

When the sheriff’s workplace arrived at Scott’s residence they discovered a journey trailer parked in entrance that matched the outline of one of many trailers reported stolen, the affidavit acknowledged. A neighbor informed a sheriff’s detective that Scott had informed him he purchased the trailer on clearance. One other neighbor of Scott’s informed a sheriff’s detective she had seen a U-Haul truck that had been pulled as much as the allegedly stolen trailer.

A sheriff’s detective additionally discovered a trailer matching the outline of one of many stolen trailers behind the Amboy residence, in response to the affidavit. A resident there mentioned Scott’s alleged confederate towed the trailer to the placement with a U-Haul rental truck.

The 2 recovered trailers’ automobile identification numbers confirmed they had been stolen, in response to the affidavit.

The sheriff’s workplace contacted the U-Haul company workplace to confirm that Scott’s alleged confederate rented a pickup truck and motorbike trailer on Aug. 12, extending the rental of the trailer till Aug. 16, in response to the affidavit. The corporate confirmed Scott rented a field truck from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16. 

Scott was pulled over throughout a visitors cease and questioned, the affidavit acknowledged. He informed authorities somebody he knew had dropped off the trailer however he didn’t determine the individual and requested for a lawyer.

Solely two of the three trailers reported stolen had been recovered as of the Aug. 23 affidavit.


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